Welcome to the world, dear daughter, welcome

I stand in a circle of four strong women
their stories intersecting,
through time and space
the first three united not by blood
but by choice of men married

This new one,
Madeleine Rose
holds all three within her tiny body
born in the care of nurses
compassionate angels
like the one whose name she bears

The first of the four
the nurse
giver of life and comfort,
her great-grandmother
my beloved grandmother
my mother's mother in law
the one who stood as mother for her
when her own passed far too soon
She who lovingly taught
my mother
of a woman's compassion and wisdom
and kindness
how to be the ideal mother-in-law
Lessons all that my mother has learned


as she embodies them now
as a beloved grandmother
as a cherished and kindly mother-in-law
to the love of my life
who lies in front of me holding
our flesh and blood at her breast
from the ordeal of bringing the circle a new


and filled with love for her family
my mother shares the lessons lovingly
teaching by example and not
by lecture
and judgment

In her arms my wife holds the fourth of four
strong women
wonderful women
her tongue gently dancing through the rolled r's
and lilting trilled syllables
of her lengua materna
As though she has prepared for this moment
all her life

I am safely held in a circle of
four strong women
no matter where

I stand

Newborn Madeleine finds comfort with Daddy's fingers 

Copyright © Andrew McKnight. All Rights Reserved.


Larry and Betty September 04, 2019 @04:13 pm

What a wonderful poem/tribute to your wonderful family. I have had the privilege of knowing each of them. The first was a gift to me, a model and guide and an inspiration for my life. She helped fill the void when my mother, her friend, died when I was still a "boy" at 23. And, she gifted me with your dad, my life long friend. Then your mom who has been the ideal friend and hostess whose spirit we treasure. Then came you, an inspiration to us and to others far and wide. Now we are getting to know your last two treasures, mostly through your writings, as 3000 miles now separate us. With thanks, Larry and Betty too!

Paul Simpson September 04, 2019 @03:24 am

Andrew. Lovely poem

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Tour Dates

  • 09/28/2019
    Capon Bridge Fire Dept. Grounds - Capon Bridge, WV
  • 09/29/2019
    Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown - Hagerstown, MD
  • 11/08/2019
    Hammond Street Congregational Church - Bangor, ME
  • 11/10/2019
    Bristol Historical Society - Bristol, CT
  • 03/14/2020
    Lamar Senior Activity Center - Austin, TX




Andrew is a grateful Endorsing Artist for Elixir Strings and Fairbuilt Guitars, and a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Roster. He also is a member of The Standing "O" Project and Concerts in Your Home.

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